Fishing News

Fishing News 2017-12-07T09:17:34+00:00

NMDGF Fishing News

Welcome to the fishing news page. Department-wide news can be found under Home → NMDGF News.

 

New Special Trout Waters

  • Rio Chama from the USGS gaging station located below Cooper’s Landing to the Rio Nutrias confluence. Catch and release with use of artificial fly or lure and single barbless hook only.
  • Mineral Creek from its confluence with the San Francisco River to its headwaters. Daily bag limit of two trout, any length. Any legal tackle or bait.
  • Whitewater Creek from the Catwalk National Recreational Trail parking area upstream to headwaters, including all tributaries. Daily bag limit of two trout, any length. Any legal tackle or bait.

New Gila Trout Permit Waters

(Free permit required).

  • Gilita Creek, Mineral Creek, Sapillo Creek, West Fork Gila River (headwaters to East Fork confluence), Whitewater Creek, and Willow Creek (including tributaries).
  • West Fork Gila River mainstem reopened to fishing. Tributaries (upstream of McKenna Creek) remain closed to fishing.

Kokanee Snagging at Navajo Lake Closure

  • Kokanee salmon snagging closed within the buoyed “no wake” areas at the Pine boat ramp and Sims mesa boat ramp (including the shoreline) between October 1 and the first Thursday of November. Remainder of Navajo Lake open for Kokanee snagging October 1-December 31.

New Special Summer Catfish Waters

  • Alumni Pond
  • Alto Lake

Buy a License Online or by Telephone

Licenses and permits can be purchased online.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Information Center is open Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m., except holidays, to answer questions and assist with purchases: 1-888-248-6866.

Licenses and permits also may be purchased at any NMDGF office or over the counter (OTC) at local vendors.

50% Discounts for Resident Military and Veterans

Residents of New Mexico who are active duty military or veterans can receive 50% discounts on licenses, permits and stamps.

Bowfishing

Bowfishing is a legal means to take game fish in reservoirs and lakes open to fishing. Bowfishing is not allowed in any special trout water, river or stream. Local ordinances or prohibitions may apply at a specific location or water, and the local managing agency should be contacted prior to bowfishing. Crossbows may not be used to bowfish. All daily bag and length limit(s) for species and waters apply.

Dates to Remember

Feb
16
Fri
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2018 – Day 1 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. New models of off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display. And as always, outfitters, guides and conservation organizations will be on hand to offer their services and advice.

Interested vendors please contact estelle.gonzales@state.nm.us for more information.

2018 Exhibitor Packet

Feb
17
Sat
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2018 – Day 2 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm

Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. New models of off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display. And as always, outfitters, guides and conservation organizations will be on hand to offer their services and advice.

Interested vendors please contact estelle.gonzales@state.nm.us for more information.

2018 Exhibitor Packet

Feb
18
Sun
Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show 2018 – Day 3 @ Manuel Lujan Bldg, Expo NM
Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Event Dates Announced:
Day 1: Feb 16 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Day 2: Feb 17 @ 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
Day 3: Feb 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Come see the latest equipment for hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation. New models of off-highway vehicles, recreational vehicles, boats and kayaks will be on display. And as always, outfitters, guides and conservation organizations will be on hand to offer their services and advice.

Interested vendors please contact estelle.gonzales@state.nm.us for more information.

2018 Exhibitor Packet

Governor declares Saturday, Sept. 23, National Hunting and Fishing Day in New Mexico

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, SEPT. 20, 2017: Governor declares Saturday, Sept. 23, National Hunting and Fishing Day in New Mexico SANTA FE – Each year hunters and anglers contribute more than $579 million dollars to the state’s economy, providing the funding necessary to manage New Mexico’s wildlife for the benefit of our citizens and future generations. In honor of the sportsmen and women’s contributions to wildlife conservation, Governor Susana Martinez issued a proclamation, declaring Saturday, Sept. 23 National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHFD) in New Mexico. Saturday, the department will celebrate NHFD with a day of free fishing in New Mexico. All anglers, residents and nonresidents, may fish free on public waters statewide. No one needs a license or stamp, although bag limits and all other fishing rules apply. Whether you Read more...

Public meetings will address proposed changes to fishing rules

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 dan.williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, AUG. 22, 2017: Public meetings will address proposed changes to fishing rules SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish will conduct eight public meetings around the state in the next two weeks to discuss and hear comments about proposed changes to the state’s fishing rules. The department is considering various changes to rules that are reviewed every four years. They include: Modifications to the Special Trout Water program. New Trophy Bass Waters with a reduced daily limit of 2 largemouth bass at Lake Roberts, Bill Evans Lake and Clayton Lake, with bow and spear-fishing restrictions. Lifting catch-and-release designation at Brantley Lake. Adding Alumni Pond, Corona Pond, Estancia Pond, Perch Lake, Rancho Grande Ponds, Roswell Kids Ponds, and the Rio Grande below Elephant Butte as winter Read more...

Learn to shoot, fish and have outdoor fun at the Expo

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug. 15, 2017: Learn to shoot, fish and have outdoor fun at the Expo ALBUQUERQUE – Learn to shoot firearms, catch fish and other outdoor recreational skills at the Department of Game and Fish’s annual Outdoor Expo at the City of Albuquerque Shooting Range Park this weekend. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to learn outdoor skills,” says Alexa Sandoval, director of the Department of Game and Fish. “Our training can lead to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment.” All instruction and equipment used during the event is provided free. The event for all ages runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the park on the west mesa. Participants can learn Read more...

Hooked on Fishing derby lots of fun

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Dan Williams: (505) 476-8004 Dan.Williams@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, Aug. 11, 2017: Hooked on Fishing derby lots of fun HOBBS – The fifth annual Hooked on Fishing derby at Harry McAdams Park Pond in Hobbs Aug. 5 drew 175 children and their families and resulted in a 27-inch, 6.5-pound catfish being caught. Over 100 catfish, sunfish and largemouth bass were caught during the first hour of the event sponsored by the city of Hobbs and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. All registered anglers received a prize for participating. Free hotdogs, chips and cold water were provided. Guests also practiced shooting on portable archery and pellet gun ranges and were given a chance to improve their skills with coaching from department game wardens. Event organizers reported good public Read more...

Public meeting scheduled to discuss future of Laguna del Campo

New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Public contact, Information Center: (888) 248-6866 Media contact: Karl Moffatt: (505) 476-8007 karl.moffatt@state.nm.us FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, JULY 10, 2017: Public meeting scheduled to discuss future of Laguna del Campo LOS OJOS – The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish has scheduled a public meeting to discuss the future of Laguna del Campo fishing pond at the Los Ojos Fish Hatchery. The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, in the Commission Chambers at the Rio Arriba County Office, 149 N.M. 162, in Tierra Amarilla. Department staff will provide information and answer questions about the dam and alternatives to address safety concerns. Pursuant to dam safety regulations, the department conducted an extensive analysis of the dam and its ability to withstand a worst-case flood event. Results indicate that the dam, in its current condition, could fail under extreme circumstances. Addressing these Read more...